Back in Victoria at Stockwell Thoroughbreds this spring, Artie Schiller (USA) added a forty-fifth stakes winner to his resume, when his talented son Reykjavik took out the $120,000 Listed Hannans Handicap at Kalgoorlie last week.
Bred by long-term supporter of Artie Schiller, Western Australian-based James Ch’Ng, the Lindsey Smith trained four-year-old gelding has been super consistent with four wins and 12 placings from 25 starts, amassing over $290,000 in prize money.
Stockwell Thoroughbreds’ Mike Becker was thrilled to see him get the win and reward James’ loyal support for many a year now.
“We want to pass on our sincere congratulations to James who has returned the dam of Reykjavik, Gibraltar Storm, to Artie this season. We are now just waiting to get her tested,” Becker said.
“He is such a fan that he even sent her up to NSW last season to visit Artie, and from all reports she has an outstanding colt foal on the ground.”
Glenelg Park’s Danny Swain was also cheering for James, a long-standing client of the farm, who currently has three mares residing at the Euroa property.
James Ch’Ng’s two stakes performers Reykjavik and Spanner Head were both foaled at the Euroa farm so proudly sport the Glenelg brand.
“It was great to see James get such a great result, as he has been doing it for a while and we were are so happy for him,” Swain said.
“It was a brilliant weekend with Spanner Head also coming second in the Listed race at Flemington last Saturday
“We currently have (Reykjavik’s dam) Gibraltar Storm on the property who comes from the family of Group 1 New Zealand Derby winner Rangipo…she has a cracking Artie Schiller on the ground.”
“We also have Spanner Head’s dam Classic Chevron, who has a brilliant little Foxwedge filly. She will now be retired, so that will be her last foal.
“James also has a nice young mare Latin Wonder that he raced with Archie Alexander, who has a foaled a Reward For Effort and will head to Nicconi this season.
“Although the plans for Spanner Head have not been announced, Archie Alexander has always had a good opinion of her. I’m sure there will be something for her in the spring so that James can continue to enjoy the ride.”